Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A weekend of gifts, prayer and love

This past weekend:

My husband´s cousin became Reverend Deacon of the Anglican Church and a beautiful ceremony was held in a beautiful chapel .

Many important people of the Anglican Church came to celebrate this ceremony...

And the new Reverend got flowers from Camila!

After the ceremony we had a wonderful and delicious tea time with all the visitors that came from other cities and the party was very entertaining!
Cute little people showed up!

And then on Monday... more good things happened!!!

Jacqueline from So cute it hurts had sent to me these amazing things that she sells on her cute Etsy Shop
Many kinds of Tea, so full of cute details, amazing material and the entire package was so incredibly wrapped that I HAD to take pictures !

I will keep them all because I feel that she makes every little thing with so much love and I really admire this talented crafty sweet lady! Thank you so much, Jacqueline!!!

And at night the surprise kept coming !!

My sweet little daughter made this pincushion for me with recycled material, wrapped in a paper she draw herself and of course, a pink ribbon for Mom!! Thank you , darling!!!

Wishing to all of you a great, inspiring day!!! Thank you for stopping by!


Friday, September 17, 2010

The simple everyday bag -Tutorial

Hi, everyone! I´ve been making some fun stuff in my studio and I wanted to share with you this simple tutorial for a simple everyday bag.


Short handle - 10cm x 7cm (1 piece)
Long handle - 35cm x 7 cm ( 1 piece)
Cute printed fabric ( apples) - 13 x 25cm ( 1 piece)
Green fabric - 18 x 25cm ( 2 pieces)
Green fabric for lining - 25 x 45cm ( 1 piece)
1 metal ring

Let´s sew the two green pieces to the apple fabric piece , this is gonna be the outer bag.

It´s gonna look like this, press.

Fold it in half, right on the center of the apple fabric and sew like the next step picture...

Pin and repeat for the lining fabric

Open them and leave it like this

Now, you' re gonna sew the bottom of the bag so pay attention for the printed fabric design, you will not want it upside down!

For the lining fabric, you´ll do the same but there is a little space of 5cm to leave open

like this:

Boxing corners : Mark 3cm x 3cm in all 4 sides of the bottom - make this on both the outer bag and the lining.

Opening the corners you will have this:

Sew them

Turn it and it will look like this, gorgeous!!!

Now, let´s sew both bags right sides together - the outer bag goes inside the lining

For safety, pin all around and then, sew.

Sew carefully

From that space you left open ( lining) bring the outer bag out.

Very simple!

Don´t forget to sew that open space, you can sew by hand or machine.

After pressed, it´s gonna look like this!

Now let´s make the short handle
Take the 10 x 7cm fabric, fold and press like this:

... and this

and fold again

Sew all the way, ooops, this doesn´t look so good, I´m sorry, I should practice a little bit more...

Repeat the same process for the long handle

Short handle will hold this metal ring

Place it right on the center of the apple fabric, sew the short handle on it

The same should be done to the long handle on the other side

Your everyday bag is complete!!!

Feel free to use this image of the finished everyday bag in your blog and link to my blog ( Thank you!)

I ´d love to know what you think about this tutorial and also, thank you for taking your time reading this long, long post!!

Enjoy your weekend sewing , crafting, cooking , relaxing, drinking a cup of coffee, playing with children or simply, enjoy life!


Sunday, September 05, 2010

Family, home and more

These days of the end of winter have been very hot and the rain seems to be so far to fall... We ´ve been out of rain for almost two months and our garden needs some special care like above.

After all these garden watering she got all her clothes wet and she needed a real bath!

September for us means Mulberry picking season! Yesterday Camila went with her Dad and her grandma to do so and they got home , so happy , pink hands and a basket full of fresh mulberries!

Today I made some mulberry jam, yummy!!!

This weekend we had visitors in our home, our nephew grows organic tomatoes and these were great to make tomato sauce. Our kitchen was crowded and very busy this weekend!!! He bought to us some organic eggs , too.

These days have been very unusual ...
I had a funeral, a wedding , family people staying at our home , lots of talking and cooking ! Our dinner table had more people than the usual THREE ( or the almost FOUR) and the gathering , the talking , the blessing of being all together around the table was such a treasured moment for me. I felt a little bit of bliss here and there in every moment of these days.

Wishing a wonderful week with magical moments to all of you!!! Thank you for stopping by!